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    06-07-2012, 02:06 PM
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Foal
My horse hasn't shed his winter coat, possible shillings?

So as the title states I think my horse might have shillings. He hasn't shed his 3" winter coat, which in all the years I've owned him has been his longest coat, as he usually gets just a little fuzz but nothing like this. It is now June and getting really warm out, all of the other horses at the stables have shed their coat. During the beginning of winter I moved him from a 12x24 half covered pipe stall breezway to a 24x24 half covered pipe stall. I am worried that he might somehow have shillings, I've had quite a few people ask at the stables if he has it but with the expensive vet bill, I haven't had him tested but I think it's getting to the point where I might need to. He is shedding a little bit but nothing like he should be with the coat that he has. He sweats really easily when I ride or work him in the turn out but he still doesn't shed like he shold. Other people have suggested that he looks like he could possibly have cushings though he's too young at 12, and someone else also brought up thyroid issues. I don't have any pics of him yet but I'll take some next time I go to the barn. Do any of you have experience with shillings and or possibly pics of a horse with shillings so I can compare to see if it looks like what my horse has. And do you know what kind of treatment the vets use for shillings disease?
     
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    06-07-2012, 02:13 PM
  #2
Showing
Are you trying to say you think he has shingles? Shillings are British coins.

I'm not sure horses can even get shingles, and they sure as heck wouldn't cause him to not shed his winter coat. He sounds Cushingoid to me. 12 is definitely not too young for him to have Cushings.

Your best bet is to have a vet out and test him for insulin resistance and Cushings.
     
    06-07-2012, 02:15 PM
  #3
Foal
My horse still hasnt shed his ears off yet. Best of lcuk! Hope everything is okay
     
    06-07-2012, 02:31 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Are you trying to say you think he has shingles? Shillings are British coins.

I'm not sure horses can even get shingles, and they sure as heck wouldn't cause him to not shed his winter coat. He sounds Cushingoid to me. 12 is definitely not too young for him to have Cushings.

Your best bet is to have a vet out and test him for insulin resistance and Cushings.
lol oops! I didn't catch the typo yes shingles.

I really hope it's not cushings but I think I'll see if I can get the vet to come out and test him next week. I've been postponing the vet call as long as possible giving him ample time to shed but he's not and with more and more people asking at the barn I think I've given him long enough. I 'm just dreading to hear back the test results and the bill. I was hoping it was just the move to a different stall and being more out in the open but now I don't think so. I think I should also add he was blanketed with a heavy winter blanket at night so he shouldn't of got this long of coat, I really hope it's not cushings, this is the last thing he needs :(
     
    06-07-2012, 02:32 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by horseandme    
my horse still hasnt shed his ears off yet. Best of lcuk! Hope everything is okay
thanks! Good luck to yours as well.
     
    06-07-2012, 02:49 PM
  #6
Showing
I'm very sorry, but not shedding and extreme sweating are signs of Cushings.

I knew someone who's horse got Cushings at 10 y/o, so it's not really an old horse disease. Just depends on the luck of the draw, unfortunately.

If he is Cushingoid, it's not a death sentence for him, but both of your lives will change dramatically.
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    06-07-2012, 03:25 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I'm very sorry, but not shedding and extreme sweating are signs of Cushings.

I knew someone who's horse got Cushings at 10 y/o, so it's not really an old horse disease. Just depends on the luck of the draw, unfortunately.

If he is Cushingoid, it's not a death sentence for him, but both of your lives will change dramatically.
I'll have to do some research on cushings. Our lives have already changed forever once due ot navicular, and he has just become sound again and getting back to being sound and riding, and now comes this issue. I've been keeping his riding light partly due to coming back from 2 months layup with his navicular and his long coat as it's getting warmer and any real amount of work I do on him he gets lathered up in white foam around the saddle area and in between his legs. Man, I was really hoping for him to have a come back now that he's sound again, but looks like we may be faced with another issue yet again, but if it is cushings we'll work through this problem together just like the navicular.
     
    06-07-2012, 03:47 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Why not body clip him in the meantime? That way he doesn't get too hot.
     
    06-07-2012, 04:20 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Why not body clip him in the meantime? That way he doesn't get too hot.
I actually did look into getting him shaved, though it's expensive at $130. A call has just been placed to the vet and hopefully they'll be able to come out early next week. After doing some further research on cushings the only thing that he doesn't seem to have is the curly coat but it's long.
     
    06-07-2012, 04:27 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SoCalCowgirl    
I actually did look into getting him shaved, though it's expensive at $130. A call has just been placed to the vet and hopefully they'll be able to come out early next week. After doing some further research on cushings the only thing that he doesn't seem to have is the curly coat but it's long.
Clip him yourself!

There's a horse where I board that we suspect has cushings, doesn't shed out well and her owner is only able to come by 1-2x per year (she's away at school) so I took a couple hours and body clipped her. Was actually pretty easy and while it wasn't a perfect job, her horse is now comfortable in the heat.
     

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